Mr Christopher Latham

 

Christopher Latham was an ACO violinist before becoming editor for Peter Sculthorpe and other leading Australian composers while working for Boosey and Hawkes (1998-2013). He directed the Four Winds Festival (2004-08), Australian Festival of Chamber Music (2006-2007) and the Canberra International Music Festival (2009-2014). He was Canberra’s “Artist of the Year” during its 2013 centenary. He was the music director of the DVA’s Gallipoli Symphony (2005-2015) and currently directs the Flowers of War, which measured the cultural cost of the Great War, and produced the first recordings of the Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly, including the lost “Gallipoli Sonata,” the manuscript of which he had finally tracked down in Florence. In 2015 He was awarded University of Canberra’s honorary doctorate for his work on the music of WW1. In 2016 he was awarded the Chevalier of the order of Arts and Letters by the French Government, and in 2017 he was appointed Artist in Residence at the Australian War Memorial in March of 2017 for five years, the first musician to be appointed to that role. He is the director of the Diggers’ Requiem which will premiere in France and Australia in 2018, telling through music, the story of the Australian soldiers on the Western Front. 

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer